Daffodowndilly

Daffodils everywhere and so I was inspired to craft a giant flower for the studio.

Daffadowndilly by A.A.Milne

She wore her yellow sun-bonnet,
She wore her greenest gown;
She turned to the south wind
And curtsied up and down.
She turned to the sunlight
And shook her yellow head,
And whispered to her neighbour:
"Winter is dead."

Poem by A.A. Milne

This is how I made the Giant Daffodil

Giant Daffodil at Stitch #Janome

Starting with the petals

  • I used Liberty Kyoko print in Yellow. I drew a petal template and cut out 12 pieces, plus 6 in wadding (Quilt batting).
  • I then sewed each petal together and created a channel for gardening wire up the centre of each.
  • The petals were very unruly that I had to sew them down to secure.

    Next came the crochet trumpet.

    • Starting in the round using DC stitches I crocheted a flat circle base in yellow yarn and then created the trumpet by randomly increasing stitches all the way up until I had the desired height.
    • Towards the top I changed colour to orange and started using Treble stitches and to get the frilly rim I worked 3 treble stitches into each stitch around the rim to create a scalloped edge effect.
    • My final challenge was a floppy trumpet, hence the PVA glue. I finally smothered the trumpet in glue and the next day she was ready.
    • I hand sewed the trumpet to the petals and created the stem by wrapping green polka dot fabric around a cardboard fabric roll.

    To get an idea of scale here's a photo of me with the Giant Daff.

    Anyway I hope you this has made you smile and got you a little inspired.

    Thanks for reading, feel free to comment I would love to hear from you.

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